Monday, September 19, 2011

Knock, Knock, Knock....

Think I better knock, knock, knock on wood.
Think I better knock, knock, knock on wood.
Think I better knock.
Knock on Wood, Amii Stewart, 1979

Have you ever prayed for something and not gotten it? Chances are very real this has happened to you. It can be confusing, especially if what you're asking for seems like a good thing. Why wouldn't God heal a child or redeem a marriage? After all, doesn't the Bible say "“Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you." (Matt 7:7). Then why don't we get it?

I read a different translation of that verse (other than the NIV above) the other day, and I really liked it. It said, "Keep asking, and it will be given to you. Keep searching, and you will find. Keep knocking, and the door will be opened to you." It's not just asking or seeking or knocking once. We need to keep at it. Think I better knock, knock, knock....

Still even with persistent knocking, seeking and asking, we don't always get what we want. That is when we need to trust that our God is still a good God. Sometimes it's hard. But we must believe he loves us. Like the song says, "it's like thunder, lightening, the way you love me is frightening." God loves us so much, but His ways are not our ways.

There aren't any easy answers. But God does tell us His will for us. Be joyful always; pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus. (1 Thes 5:16-18).

Be joyful always. Pray (ask, seek, knock!) continually. Give thanks in all circumstance.
How are you following God's will for you?

Chatty Kelly


Sue J. said...

Really, when it says "it shall be given to you," I'm not sure the passage is very straightforward on what 'it' is. I do think that we find it logical to put on our God thinking cap and think what might be in His will and expect that. Perhaps 'it' is an answer--whether it's the answer we want or not. Perhaps it's just knowing the presence of God in a place/situation when we feel alone.

It's hard to be human, isn't it? It's even harder to be God! But He definitely calls us to persevere, so that means knock...knock...knock. "'cause I'm not superstitious about Ya...."

Sharon Sloan said...

I think sometimes we are knocking on the wrong door! :)

Thankful He is our gate and our door. And thankful He is the Gatekeeper who knows which doors should be opened and which should remain closed!! Mercy!